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Old 10-04-2007, 06:58 AM   #15
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Left mine up and level in the rain. Bent the support arm.

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Old 10-04-2007, 07:53 AM   #16
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Heed your dealer's advice and roll it up if you're not around. EVEN AT NIGHT. Roll it up before the dew sets in just in case you move before having a chance to dry it out. Save yourself a painful expense in repair. Been there and done that. ZIP DEE never even included the tee shirt! Stupid me

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:43 PM   #17
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:12 PM   #18
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You have gotten a lot of good advice. Bottom line, an awning anchored to the side of a trailer is just about impossible to leave out and not incurr damage.

My friend who spends the winter in south texas does leave his out all the time. He uses a 2-3 inch nylon strap running the long way of the awning placed about a foot from the outside edge. Each end is then attached to a fairly heavy spring which then fastens to an anchor in the ground. He also used the clips from camping world to attach the side of the awning to the braces.

I almost never put mine out. Caravanned for 3 months this summer and it wasn't out once.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:18 PM   #19
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Wind vs Rain

Wind is my biggest fear with the Zip Dee. Rain is not a problem if you keep the awning angled. During rain, I keep mine at the 4th hole on the front of the AS where the door is, and the 1st or 2nd hole at the rear. This gives a good angle to prevent water from pooling on the fabric and bending the arms.

I witnessed an SOB bend it's supports at Bullards Beach SP in Oregon last weekend by collecting water on the fabric. When the owner woke up, he must have had 50-75 gallons of water collected on the awning. One support arm remained straight....the other bent 90 degrees.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:10 AM   #20
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Up or down? Is that a card game?

We've been in the mountains of Western NC since April. During that month, we had 70 MPH winds and of course the awning was up. After we cleaned up all the limbs that came down the awning went back out to cover our carpet and chairs and it's been out ever since. It's tied down big time and tilted when it rains or when we leave for the day.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:47 AM   #21
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We leave ours out most of the time when camping. If it's really windy, we'll put it in. If there is any rain in the forcast, we will lower the side opposite the door by one notch. If we go away from the Airstream for any length of time, we will put the awning in.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:37 AM   #22
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My friend who spends the winter in south texas does leave his out all the time. He uses a 2-3 inch nylon strap running the long way of the awning placed about a foot from the outside edge. Each end is then attached to a fairly heavy spring which then fastens to an anchor in the ground. He also used the clips from camping world to attach the side of the awning to the braces.
I bought one of these straps years ago after having an awning arm on an SOB bend on me from the stiff breezes coming off the ocean at a beach front campsite. I've not used it with the Zip Dee yet since the Zip Dee seems to handle wind much better than any awning I've had on my SOB trailers. I'll be down in Florida next month close to the ocean (first time with an Airstream) so I might end up using the strap there.

Normally my criteria for putting the awning away is winds and weather and where we are at. The Zip Dees when configured with the side arms in a non extended mode really are pretty stable. First if it rains when they are in this state, there is no possibility of water pooling so weight won't be a factor. Secondly when down like this, they don't present as much surface for wind to get under. In non thunderstorm rain situations at night, I may lower each side down quite a bit, and in the day lower the side towards the rear of the trailer.

Obviously if I'm gone on a day trip and there is any chance of a thunderstorm, I'll play it safe and roll the awning up.

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Old 10-05-2007, 09:59 AM   #23
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FWIW, I roll mine out and keep it out unless bad weather is either forecasted or being happening. It's been out in 20mph winds and has not had an issue, but I don't think I'd have it out with even slightly higher winds.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:37 PM   #24
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Better safe than sorry!

I was aware of most the safety concerns for awning use, but one sunny day I left it up to do some local touring. But when I returned to the camp site, I found that a small cloud burst had filled the awning with 40-50 gals. of water and bent one support arm and the awning tube. Yes, it was tied down and had one arm tilted down but not enough to prevent collecting a lot of water.

I've straighten the arm and some of the tube, but now the awning is always up unless I'm under it. That should be in the operators manual because of all the noted concerns in this forum. If your at your trailer, you can control what happen to the awning, but if your not, it should be stored. End of story!!
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